The setting sun on winter solstice 2013 – Sardinia, Italy

The setting sun on winter solstice 2013 – Sardinia, Italy

The winter solstice setting sun 21/12/2013. It’s official winter has arrived and depending on where you live the weather will be dramatically different from heavy snow falls to a beautiful bright sun.

Winter by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life

The first day of winter in Sardinia felt like a beautiful summer day in July, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees in some parts of the island. I spent the day in shorts and a t-shirt, yes you read that right! On the first day of winter Santa gave to me … a wonderful, colourful winter’s setting sun.

This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Winter.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Masks from Sardinia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand Masks from Sardinia

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This is a stunning monument at Ottana, Sardinia.

The mask on the left represents the typical mask worn at carnival from the rural mountain town of Ottana.  Boes e Merdules represent an ox and his master. Wild pear wood is used in making these stunning, intricate masks, the star carved on the mask is for good luck and fortune.

The mask on the right is the mask of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada. The masks are made from the fig, elm, chestnut or walnut tree and are blackened to give off a phantom of a presence. The Mamuthone legacy is shrouded in secrecy and there is little documented evidence on their origins; some scholars argue that the Mamuthones had already marched in the nineteenth century while others argue that the ritual dance and parade goes back even further, to the Nuraghic Age.

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Have you witnessed carnival in central Sardinia?

Travel Theme: Symbol from Sardinia

Sardinia has a beautiful overabundance of symbols dotted throughout the island. There remains very little written data on the history of symbolism in Sardinia; I couldn’t find any information on this symbol, anywhere on the internet!

So, I sent the photo to a trusted friend and this is what he said “The stele was found at the foot of the pyramid or ziggurat – “Monte d’Accoddi,” the north side, in 1979. There is only an interpretation that it could be a female deity but nothing certain as to its purpose. The original is in the museum at Sassari.”

She remains a mystery, this beautiful and interesting deity.

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A special thanks to Tharros.info for the trusted explanation of this symbol. 🙂

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Front and back of the “deity.” This was on a poster at Monte d’Accoddi where the stele was found.

I wish there was more concrete evidence of the life the islanders lived eons ago. I wish I could step back in time and witness Sardinia’s future in the making. I wish to run with wild horses over the range of Gennargentu.

This is my response to the Weekly Travel Theme: Symbol.

Mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada

Mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada

The mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada have always stirred my soul and made me question the origin of their existence. I have attended festivals in Sassari and Olbia where the Mamuthones preformed before the inquisitive public, but I had never witnessed their ritual dance in their town, on their turf, until this past Sunday when I attended Tappas in Mamujada. There is something so raw and connected to nature in their dance that pulls me in, curious, wanting to know more. So I went searching …

Mural in Mamoiada

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An Infinite Deep Look at Traditional Costumes from Tonara, Sardinia

An Infinite Deep Look at Traditional Costumes from Tonara, Sardinia

Sardinia, Italy is a magical island filled with mysterious charm that is proud to show an infinite detail to each costume representing each town on the island. The island women have for centuries hand stitched their stunning traditional garb to the finest deep detail. Follow me on a photo montage of Sardinia’s traditional costume from Tonara.

Traditional Dress from Tonara, Sardinia

This is my response to two photo challenges:

Travel Theme: Deep
Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Click on any of the links above to join in the fun.

 

Complete Event Guide to Summer in Sardinia 2013

Here it is folks – the who, what, where and when of summer 2013 in Sardinia, Italy. Concerts, culture, food festivals, jazz festivals, cinema and much, much more! For the first time in five and a half years, I have seen something that gets me so excited that I want to do cartwheels, back-flips and scream from the top of Gennargentu. Never in the almost 6 years that I have lived in Sardinia have I seen something so organized, articulate and thorough! I would like to personally thank the ingenious people at SardegnaEventi24.it for putting together such an elaborate and informative map listing all events in Sardinia for summer 2013.

Event Listings Sardinia JulyAugust 2013

Now you can have your very own event map! Complete with listings for every town and city in Sardinia. Print it, save it, carry it in your back pocket but whatever you do, be sure to download it – it’s super FREE.

To download your FREE event guide for Sardinia Summer 2013 please visit this link: Il Foglio di Sardegna Eventi; tell them I sent you!

So many wonderful events and so little time. Which event(s) will you be going to?

Travel Theme: Spooky Sardinia

I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.” – Tom Clancy

A Sardinian autumn sky
casts clouds of winter
doubt.

Other spooky articles:

La Accabadora – The Woman of Death | Sardinian Folklore
The crazy bat house of Sardinia

Check out other spooky photo’s here.

The Mysterious Flag of Sardinia

This is not even all of them, I have about 15 collecting dust in my dresser drawer.

I have a fascination with flags. This is not because I am Canadian and wear my flag with pride on my backpack, hat, t-shirt, underwear and socks but I find them truly and utterly beautiful. They flap effortlessly in the wind and they represent their country with amazing pride.

When I first moved to Sardinia 4.5 years ago and noticed the flag of Sardinia floating angelic like against the blue sky, I was shocked. Why shocked? Well, because of the four heads blindfolded. I silently pondered the meaning behind this odd flag and vowed to find out more.

I asked my husband what the flag represents and he told me some fable about four Africans taken into the mountains and shot. This can’t be true. I allowed my Italian language skills to improve over the years and asked the same questions to the same people, no one seemed to know what the flag stands for. I can understand the confusion of the locals as the flag over the years has changed without notice and without explanation adding only increased mystery and confusion.

Over the centuries the 4 Moors have changed at times they are looking left, other times right, sometimes blindfolded other times wearing headbands, eyes open, eyes closed, bareheaded and sometimes with a crown.

I was perplexed and curious. I would get to the bottom of this mystery.

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La Accabadora – The Woman of Death | Sardinian Folklore

La Accabadora – The Woman of Death

La Accabadora is a middle-aged woman dressed in black with a long shawl covering her head. Her job, as appointed by the community, was to apply euthanasia to the old and infirm using a cudgel (a short thick stick used as a weapon).

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Spring in The Gallura | Preserving Ancient Wedding Traditions

A Traditional Spring Wedding

This past weekend I was invited to an ancient Sardinian wedding tradition held high up in the hills of Fiminaltu. Actors recreate one of the oldest wedding traditions to date with ox-drawn carts and a 90-minute procession down the windy mountainous roads to St. Antonio di Li Colti.

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